WIN a cycling holiday of a lifetime with Rapha Travel


MUC-OFF X RAPHA TRAVEL HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY

WIN a cycling holiday of a lifetime with Rapha Travel and experience unforgettable roads, beautiful landscapes and legendary routes, plus a years worth of Muc-Off products!

Enter your details NOW and be in with a chance of winning a place on a fully supported Rapha Travel Escape in 2018, with a choice of iconic cycling destinations including Cote d’Azur, Tuscany, Lake Como and Girona.

  • The prize draw will close at 12:30pm BST on Monday 5th February 2018.
  • Receive additional entries for completing extra actions, such as following us on social media or sharing the competition with a friend!
  • Flights, accommodation, meals, bike hire included // travel insurance not included

By entering this competition you accept responsibility for associated risks that come with Road cycling, Muc-Off cannot be held accountable for any injuries or damage to yourself or your bike attained on the ride.

 

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Win your child an unforgettable priceless mascot experience!


The surprise on your child’s face when you tell them they’re going to be a UEFA Champions League priceless mascot will be a moment you’ll treasure forever. They’ll be brimming with excitement and you’ll get to watch proudly as they walk out onto the pitch alongside their footballing heroes. After their moment in the spotlight, you can sit side-by-side in the stands and cheer on your team.

Mascot places are currently available at the following game:

• Chelsea FC vs FC Barcelona on 20/02/2018

We have priceless mascot places at every UK home match up for grabs, only with Mastercard – Official Sponsor of the UEFA Champions League.

https://uk.mastercard.com/ucl

Win a trip to Northern India worth £3,000! Radio Times


Win a trip to Northern India worth £3,000!

Source: Win a trip to Northern India worth £3,000! | Radio Times

To celebrate the Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Download release of Victoria & Abdul, available to own now, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment have teamed up with adventure holiday company Exodus Travels to offer Radio Times readers a once in a lifetime experience on their Highlights of Northern India trip. One lucky winner and guest will have the chance to explore Agra, visit the serene Taj Mahal, discover the wonders of the ‘Pink City’ in Jaipur, glide down the Ghats of the Varanasi by boat and even spot tigers in Ranthambore National Park. Don’t miss out on your chance to immerse yourself in a unique culture, fascinating wildlife and spectacular Moghul architecture!

Based on true events, Victoria & Abdul beautifully depicts an extraordinary friendship between Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and her servant in the later years of her remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As she questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that the Queen’s inner circle attempts to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

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win a trip for two to vietnam


 

Guardian Holidays has a new travel partner, Exodus Travels. And to celebrate, we’re giving you the chance to experience one of their amazing adventure offerings to Vietnam – for free.

 

You and a friend will have 16 days to explore the magic of Vietnam, with all transport, activities and accommodation paid for. An expert tour guide will take you around the country, from the breathtaking scenery of Halong Bay in the north, to the historic monuments Hue and Ho Chi Min in the south. Discover more about the Vietnam Adventure here.

Enter by 28 February 2018 for your chance to win.

Vietnam

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WIN A KTM 790 DUKE With motorcyclelive.co.uk


KTM has just unveiled its awesome 790 Duke, and we’re offering one lucky winner the chance to own a brand new, 2018 model motorcycle, when they arrive in the UK in spring 2018.

With the brand new KTM 790 DUKE, KTM engineers merged all their know-how gained developing the 690 and 1290 SUPER DUKE R. The goal: create the ultimate street weapon. The outcome: an ultra-compact 105hp parallel twin, high-tech features including cornering ABS, lean-angle traction control, quickshifter+, launch-control and KTM ride mode technology are all standard. The result: pure adrenaline!

https://www.motorcyclelive.co.uk/competition/win-a-2018-ktm-motorcycle/

Your 2018 calendar of world festivals


Gion Matsuri (Dreamstime)

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JANUARY – International Kite Festival

Where: Gujarat, India

Why: For such a graceful sport, Ahmedabad’s Kite Festival (7–14 Jan) is rather merciless, as hundreds of competitors compete to scythe each other’s strings. It’s a dazzling sight, with the local bazaars and street food worthy of exploration between bouts.

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Also pencil in… Fire festivals! In the Shetland Islands of Scotland, Up Helly Aa (30 Jan) sees Lerwick’s locals go full Viking, crowning a torchlit parade with a burning longboat. But that’s nothing compared to Nara in Japan, where a whole mountain is set alight for Wakakusa Yamayaki (Jan 27).

FEBRUARY – Carnaval de Oruro

Where: Bolivia

Why: Carnivals are everywhere in February, from Rio to Venice. But few can match the Bolivian city of Oruro (3–13 Feb) for sheer devilry. Here, Uru folklore and Christian ritual merge over ten-day festivities, culminating in a 15-hour parade of demons and cueca dancers on the last Saturday.

Also pencil in… Ice festivals! Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival (5–12 Feb) is a frozen delight, as the city’s transformed by sculptures, while the huge ice palace of China’s Harbin Snow & Ice Festival (until 25 Feb) is equally retina popping.

MARCH – Holi Festival

Where: India

Why: The spring festival’s (1–2 Mar) roots are in the north. Mathura in Uttar Pradesh is a great base – no one escapes the gulal (powdered paint) here, with spray guns dousing all in a weeklong party. Nearby village Phalain also hosts a bonfire where priests prove their devotion by trotting over hot coals.

Also pencil in… Yap Day (1–2 Mar) sees the islands of Greater Yap, Micronesia, celebrate all things local. This takes the form of feasts and lots of dancing, with routines performed often just once then retired forever. It’s also manta ray mating season in Yap Lagoon – a thrilling sight in itself.

APRIL – Songkran

Where: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Why: Keeping dry during Songkran (13–15 Apr) is impossible, especially in Chiang Mai. The Thai New Year is all about water: throwing it, spraying it, squirting it. It’s essentially a religious cleansing festival (Buddha statues are paraded and washed), but it’s also immense fun for visitors.

Also pencil in… On the 15th day of the third lunar month (usually April), parades, floats, priests and dancers (known as Centipedes) take to the streets of Taiwan’s big cities (particularly Hseuhchia), to mark the day of the God of Medicine.

MAY – Cinco de Mayo

Where: Puebla City, Mexico

Why: Celebrating a failed 19th century French invasion, Cinco de Mayo (5 May) is mostly celebrated in the Puebla region – the site of the battle. Here, re-enactments as well as floats, mariachis and margaritafuelled locals keep the Puebla City rebellion going into the night.

Also pencil in… Bruges’ Procession of the Holy Blood (10 May) – a reliquary captured during the Crusades and kept in the Belgian city’s Basilica – is some 700 years old, and a sight to behold.

JUNE – Inti Raymi Festival

Where: Cusco, Peru

Why: If you’re in Cusco for June 24, the Inca Festival of the Sun will be re-enacted at the Sacsayhuaman ruins in a compelling nine-hour ceremony. The preceding days of street parties lighten the mood considerably.

Also pencil in… The highlight of the Spanish Batalla del Vino Festival (27–30 Jun), held in the vineyards of Haro, is when a giant wine-throwing fi ght breaks out on 29 June

JULY – Gion Matsuri

Where: Kyoto, Japan

Why: A remnant of an ancient purifi cation ritual, Gion Matsuri lasts the month, but the main procession on 17 July is its highlight. In the run-up to it, expect food stalls after sunset and the chance to wander the huge fl oats before they invade the streets.

Also pencil in… Sporting festivals! Spy rodeos at Canada’s Calgary Stampede (6–15 Jul); wrestling, racing and archery at the Naadam games (11–15 Jul) in Ulan Bator, Mongolia; and taut muscles at Turkey’s Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival in Edirne (2–8 Jul).

AUGUST – Mount Hagen Show

Where: Papua New Guinea

Why: This sing-sing (festival) began in the 1960s as a way for tribes of the Western Highlands to connect; now its plumes and painted faces form a noisy cultural blow-out, with tour operator pngtours.com off ering front-row seats (18–19 Aug) to this di_ cult-to-reach event as part of a broader itinerary.

Also pencil in… Feria de las Flores festival (1–10 Aug) sees the Colombian city of Medellin blossom, with the Desfi lo de Silleteros parade of huge fl oral arrangements at its centre.

SEPTEMBER – Hermanus Whalewatching Festival

Where: South Africa

Why: The Western Cape’s famed for its land-based cetacean-spotting. So, when southern rights arrive in Hermanus’ Walker Bay (late Sep), they’re greeted by the blowing kelp horn that signals the opening of street stalls and parties.

Also pencil in… Gondoliers light up Venice’s Grand Canal for the Regata Storica (2 Sep) in the build-up to the city’s main stroke-off : the regatta itself. Think the University Boat Race in drag!

OCTOBER – Vegetarian Festival

Where: Phuket, Thailand

Why: Not as benign as it sounds. This festival (mid Oct) of purifi cation sees Phuket’s Chinese community engage Dreamstime in masochistic feats of piercing (often quite gruesome) in an event believed to date back 150 years, to a band of malaria-stricken Chinese minstrels, who then purged themselves healthy.

Also pencil in… Sky-high festivals! Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival (6–7 Oct), held in Bayan-Ulgii, sees young eagle hunters fl aunt their skills; or head to Albuquerque, USA, to behold the fi lling skies at its International Balloon Fiesta (7–15 Oct).

Day of the Dead, Mexico (Dreamstime)

NOVEMBER – Day of the Dead

Where: Mexico & Guatemala

Why: Dia de los Muertos (2 Nov) is now a worldwide fi xture, but Mexico is its heart: for a trad take, Janitzio Island sees the Purépecha people perform rituals late into the night, while the city of Oaxaca throws in a nighttime carnival. But the most eye-catching event is held in a cemetery near Lake Atitlán, as homemade kites (up to 30m wide) are launched into the sky.

Also pencil in… Bhutan’s Blacknecked Crane Festival (11 Nov) coincides with 300 of these elegant birds returning to winter in the Phobjikha area, accompanied by plenty of folk rituals and celebrations.

DECEMBER – Junkanoo

Where: Nassau, Bahamas

Why: Think Mardi Gras with a dash of Carnaval, all given a Bahamian twist. Junkanoo (26 Dec & 1 Jan) dates back to a slave holiday of the 1700s; today, it’s a wild party that continues over Boxing Day and New Year’s carnival parades in capital Nassau.

Also pencil in… India’s Hornbill Festival (1–10 Dec): dozens of Nagaland tribes descend on Kisama village for music, games… and lots of rice beer.

 

Happy New Year hope you all have a wonderful 2018

Win the ultimate school trip with Jet2holidays


The lucky winners of the competition will travel to Sol Katmandu Park & Resort in Majorca to hang out with Dick and Dom on an all-expenses paid school trip. How ridiculously cool is that?

An incredible nine school classes will win a long weekend away (Friday 20th April – Sunday 22nd April 2018) in Majorca and 45 schools will each grab £1,000 worth of school equipment vouchers.

To enter the competition, pupils have been challenged to submit their own unique ideas on how to promote Sol Katmandu Park & Resort however they want, be it poster, poem, song, video or something else.

The judges include Dick and Dom, who will create a shortlist of 45 schools from Jet2holidays’ nine airport regions and then, from there, each entry will be put to a public vote.

The winners will be  announced on 13th March, but all 45 shortlisted schools will receive £1,000 worth of school equipment vouchers. So no matter what, every school will be a winner!

For more details and info on how to enter visit Jet2holidays – entries must be submitted by Wednesday 28th February 2018.

You can check out more about the amazing Sol Katmandu Park & Resort here, and get a taste of some of the amazing activities the kids will get up to along with taking part in fun educational workshops with celebrity hosts. The workshops will focus on science, history, drama and crafts – with that list is almost makes me wish I was back in school

In addition to an educational trip of a lifetime the winning classes will also get to experience a bunch of other amazing treats including VIP send offs at the airport, a welcome dinner with celebrity guests and the ultimate school disco and show.

Good luck!

 

Win a seven-night hotel stay in the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena in Austria


Enter the prize draw for the chance to win a stay for two people at a four-star hotel in this charming region in the Austrian Tirol

Located on the Zugspitze, on the Austria-Germany border, the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena consists of six family‑friendly ski areas. The perfect location for a winter holiday with the family, the Arena offers plenty of options for visitors of all ages.

Each ski area can be visited using a single lift pass, with the majority of lifts located close to accommodation in each village. Visitors are able to choose from a number of runs, with local buses and trains connecting all the areas.

Away from the slopes, there is plenty of fun to be had. Enjoy weekly shows featuring fireworks and snowboarders jumping through fire, torchlit walks, ice skating and tobogganing.

Foodies are in for a treat too. Feast on locally produced meats, cheeses and honey in traditional mountain huts or enjoy a guided tour of the Stadl-Bräu craft brew house in Berwang.

The Telegraph, in partnership with the Austrian National Tourist Office, is giving away a seven-night stay for two at a four-star hotel in the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena.

For the chance to win this amazing prize, complete the form below by midnight on Thursday 30 November 2017:

 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/austria-winter-ski-breaks/win-a-hotel-stay-in-the-tiroler-zugspitz-arena/